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We show experimentally and theoretically that reaction systems characterized by a slow induction period followed by a fast evolution to equilibrium can readily generate "spatial bistability" when operated in thin gel reactors diffusively fed from one side. This phenomenon which corresponds to the coexistence of two different stable steady states, not(More)
Chemical reaction-diffusion patterns often serve as prototypes for pattern formation in living systems, but only two isothermal single-phase reaction systems have produced sustained stationary reaction-diffusion patterns so far. We designed an experimental method to search for additional systems on the basis of three steps: (i) generate spatial bistability(More)
We revisit the conditions for the development of reaction-diffusion patterns in the ferrocyanide-iodate-sulfite bistable and oscillatory reaction. This hydrogen ion autoactivated reaction is the only example known to produce sustained stationary lamellar patterns and a wealth of other spatio-temporal phenomena including self-replication and localized(More)
We show both experimentally and numerically that the time scales separation introduced by long range activation can induce oscillations and excitability in nonequilibrium reaction-diffusion systems that would otherwise only exhibit bistability. Namely, we show that in the chlorite-tetrathionate reaction, where the autocatalytic species H+ diffuses faster(More)
The acid-auto-activated chlorite-tetrathionate reaction is studied in a one-side-fed spatial reactor. It was previously shown that in these conditions the unstirred reaction-diffusion system can generate oscillatory and excitable states even though under well-stirred nonequilibrium conditions only steady-state bistability is observed. Numerical simulations(More)
In his seminal 1952 paper, Alan Turing predicted that diffusion could spontaneously drive an initially uniform solution of reacting chemicals to develop stable spatially periodic concentration patterns. It took nearly 40 years before the first two unquestionable experimental demonstrations of such reaction-diffusion patterns could be made in isothermal(More)
The acid autoactivated iodate-sulfite redox reaction (Landolt reaction) exhibits bistability but no oscillatory dynamics when operated in a continuous stirred tank reactor (CSTR). However, it has been previously found experimentally that this reaction can exhibit both spatial bistability and oscillations when carried out in a one side diffusely fed spatial(More)
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